Liverpool: At a glance

Manager: Brendan Rodgers

Stadium: Anfield

Home & Away*: (A) Sun 1 Sept; (H) Sat 15 March

Last year: 7th

Last time we met: United 2-1 Liverpool, 13 Jan 2013

*Dates/KO times subject to change

16/08/2013 10:14,
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Preview 13/14: Liverpool

Under Rodgers' tutelage, Liverpool are eyeing further improvement this term…

Are these the guys from Being: Liverpool? Yep.

Why the colon? No idea. Nonetheless, last season’s sensational behind-the-scenes documentary lifted the lid on life at Anfield under Brendan Rodgers and it’s… different. The former Swansea manager prompted an influx of buzz words and flaky maxims around his new club, but also undoubtedly improved the aesthetics of the Merseysiders’ football. A passing game from back to front, with expressive, expansive play embodied by a young squad, it’s little wonder that excitement is building tentatively at Anfield.

Is this year their year? We’ve heard that before… Most likely not. Liverpool’s title ambitions have lain dormant for too long (in their eyes, not ours), and their bid to finally capture the Premier League crown has floundered since pushing United all the way in the 2008/09 season. Incredibly, they’ve finished no higher than sixth ever since, though last term’s seventh place represented a nine-point improvement on their 2011/12 campaign.

We even did the double over them last season… Indeed we did, and it was hugely satisfying to finally get back on track at Anfield after almost five winless years there, but both that victory and the 2-1 return triumph at Old Trafford were hard work. Though Liverpool’s progress under Rodgers has been fairly intangible, there’s no question that their play is markedly more attractive than under his predecessor, Kenny Dalglish.

Progress? They’re not even in Europe this year! Yes, but that can be viewed from either side of the fence. Swansea and Wigan upset the apple cart by winning the domestic cups and finishing outside the Premier League’s top six, which was a rarity in itself and proved costly for Liverpool. Flipside is that they will have a clearer schedule as they bid to juggle domestic duties this time around.

Any other positives for them to cling to? Yep, they’re a year on under Rodgers, while three of the six teams who

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